Hi everyone, another Alice-lover checking in.
Seriously, don't we all love her. She's one of those force-of-nature characters who you can't help but adore, even when they're being irritating.
I thought I'd take a pass at answering a couple of previously posed Alice questions:1) How could Alice predict the stock market?
As it happens, I can claim just a tiny bit of professional authority on this subject.<pauses, rummages around desk to find "economics professor hat" and puts it on, clears throat in a professorial way>
First, how Alice's precognition works, precisely, is something we don't fully know. SM chose, wisely I think, to avoid giving too much detail. We know that Alice can see the consequences of human or vampire decisions once they are made; we also know that she can see the future of "impersonal forces" like the weather to some degree.
It might be that seeing the future of the stock market is kind of like seeing the weather for her. Maybe she sees the news reports in advance. There are a couple of daily financial market summaries in the Wall Street Journal
; if Alice could get a look at them, even a few days in advance, it would be very lucrative.
Alternately, she might just see the consequences, in terms of the stock market, of important decisions. She might be able to see, for example, that a pair of writers for Fortune
are planning to investigate the finances of a certain corporation, and see the ultimate consequences. She could then dance down the hall and say "Uh, Carlisle, you know our Enron stock? I think it's time to unload all of it" and tap her forehead meaningfully.
Footnote: What I'm alluding to is the March 2001 piece in Fortune
, by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, titled "Is Enron Overpriced?" This was the small rock that started the avalanche that eventually led to Enron's bankruptcy.
Even if all she's aware of is the existence of important business decisions, that would be valuable. There's always a time lag between when a decision is made, and when it becomes public. So Alice could be acquiring "inside information." If you could get even one piece of inside information a day, you might not be able to make each one of them pay off, but over time you'd be able to make a killing.
Okay, end of lecture
The other question is one that I know has been posed somewhere on this forum, although I can't find it anywhere in this thread:2) What musical instrument do you think Alice would play?
I came up with a couple of ideas here. One, I can easily see Alice playing some kind of jazz instrument--maybe the saxophone. Jazz has so much room for improvisation and individual expression, and since Alice is such a free spirit I think she'd be really into something like that.
I can also see Alice as a kind of folkie. Namely, the sort who carries a guitar almost everywhere and can start picking out a tune and singing at a moment's notice. For those who have seen Say Anything
, think Lili Taylor's character.
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